With malice aforethought
29 September 2016 08:42 (South Africa)

Ghana’s government abandons criticism of state telecom sale

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Authorities have distanced themselves from a government-sanctioned report that state-owned Ghana Telecom was sold to Britain’s Vodafone for much less than it was worth. The report said the sale was unconstitutional and illegal. But now the country’s communications minister says the committee that filed the report has overstepped its remit, and the Supreme Court should rule on the legality of the sale. In a twist of irony, the government is said to be pre-empting criticism from the opposition, which oversaw the sale while in power. Ministers are now trying to reassure jittery foreign investors that the transaction will respect domestic and international law.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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